Smart Cities Are Mobile Cities: 3 Takeaways From the Smart Regions Conference

 
Jason Barron (Cincy Red Bike) discussing mobility.

Jason Barron (Cincy Red Bike) discussing mobility.

Smart Cities Are Mobile Cities: Smart Regions Conference Panel

Toby Asbury (Linkology,) Mark Samaan (Better Bus Coalition,) Jiaqui Ma (University of Cincinnati,) Jason Baron (Cincy Red Bike,) Mike Doenges (Cisco) and Busayo Odunlami (Venture Smarter) discuss Smart Cities are Mobile Cities at the Smart Regions Conference hosted by Venture Smarter.

At the Smart Regions Conference leaders across sectors gathered to discuss smart city solutions, challenges, and opportunities looking beyond municipal boundaries. The "Smart Cities Are Mobile Cities" panel featured the same, and explored how big data, dynamic and multi modal transit, and smart and connected infrastructure can be used to optimize, improve, or altogether replace our aging and emerging transportation systems.

Jiaqui Ma, discusses the University of Cincinnati's efforts related to advanced and autonomous transportation systems.

Jiaqui Ma, discusses the University of Cincinnati's efforts related to advanced and autonomous transportation systems.

Brief overview of discussion points:

  • The discussion provided an example using the Red bike service providing residents with access to bicycles in the station across the Ohio-Kentucky border; 

  • advanced transport solutions to help riders navigate the existing systems was discussed and the requirements to improve the current models.
  • Mobile payment was highlighted as a necessary accessibility utility to serve more city residents.

Takeaways:

Toby Asbury (Linkology) discussing interoperability and security at the 2017 Smart Regions Conference.

Toby Asbury (Linkology) discussing interoperability and security at the 2017 Smart Regions Conference.

  • Big Data unearths new connection points other than the intended use of Smart city solutions.
  • Mobility means different things to different people but when related to transport has the end goal of moving people from point to point as efficiently as possible.

  • Parking market is highly fragmented due to multiple standards, devices and platforms. Solution providers are constantly piloting new business models to gauge the market.